Tulsa man pleads guilty to wire fraud, tax crimes

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A former oil and gas company manager has pleaded guilty to wire fraud involving the embezzlement of more than $693,000 and for tax crimes.

Forty-five-year-old James Rhea Cooley, of Tulsa, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and three counts of making a false federal income tax return.

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma Danny C. Williams announced the plea on Wednesday.

Court documents say that from August 2008 to January 2011, Cooley defrauded his employer by invoicing for services he didn't actual perform and depositing the payment check into a consulting company he created. The payments were then spent on personal expenses.

Sentencing in the case has been set for Feb. 25.

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